North Country Regional Public Health Network


Contact Information

Nancy Frank
Public Health Advisory Council Lead
Phone: 603-259-3700
Email: nfrank@nchcnh.org
Website: www.nchcnh.org

North Country Community Health Improvement Plan

About Our Region

The North Country Regional Public Health Network is a collaborative working to enhance and improve public health-related services within the region. The North Country Regional Public Health Network is hosted by North Country Health Consortium. The mission of the North Country Health Consortium is to lead innovative collaboration to improve the health status of the region.

Public Health Region

The public health region of the North Country Regional Public Health Network includes 37 municipalities and serves approximately 52,000 people living in these communities.

Regional Public Health Advisory Council

The North Country Public Health Advisory Council is comprised of community leaders and representatives from a diverse group of community sectors. The primary work of the Council is to set regional health priorities, provide guidance to regional public health activities, and ensure coordination of health improvement efforts.

Priorities for Action

  • Substance misuse prevention – The North Country Regional Public Health Network provides infrastructure, leadership, and coordination to increase the number and reach of evidence-based substance misuse prevention programs, policies, and practices implemented in the region. Utilizing an asset-based public health approach, the network coordinator, regional Substance Misuse Prevention Committee, and partners engage and support the business, education, health, safety, government, and community and family supports sectors in the implementation of the region’s strategic plan. For more information about the North Country Regional Public Health Network’s work regarding substance misuse prevention, contact Greg Williams at gwilliams@nchcnh.org, 603-259-3700 x295 or visit our website.
  • Continuum of care – The North Country Regional Public Health Network provides leadership and coordination in developing a comprehensive, effective, and well-coordinated substance misuse-services Continuum of Care (CoC). This work includes convening subject matter experts and stakeholders to identify assets and gaps and to develop regional plans that initiate cooperative actions that increase awareness of current services, remove barriers to accessing services, increase capacity of existing services, and develop new services to fill gaps. For more information , visit our website or contact Laura Hosley at lhosley@nchcnh.org.
    • School districts are examining their K-12 substance misuse curricula.
    • A Drug Free Communities Support Program (DFC) grant award was received by the Haverhill Area Coalition.
    • Berlin and Colebrook have community prevention coalitions.
    • Schools participate in Youth Leadership through Adventure (YLTA), a youth-led prevention and leadership development model for students.
    • Most schools have a Student Assistance Program (SAP).
    • Friendship House, the primary outpatient and only residential substance abuse treatment program in the North Country, is looking to expand.
    • The Hope Recovery Center in Berlin held a Peer Recovery Coach training.
    • Littleton holds two Narcotics Anonymous meetings each week and Colebrook began through volunteers from Berlin’s Hope Center.
    • Educating legislators has been a priority.
  • Public health emergency preparedness – The North Country Regional Public Health Network provides leadership and coordination to improve the readiness of partners to mount an effective response to public health emergencies and threats. This work includes the maintenance of a Regional Public Health Emergency Annex, which includes plans for response to and recovery from public health emergencies that impact communities in the region. In addition, the North Country Regional Public Health Network works closely with hospitals, municipal emergency management directors, and other governmental, public health, and health care entities to plan for public health emergencies and ensure the provision of public health, medical, and behavioral health services before, during, and after an incident. For more information about the North Country Regional Public Health Network’s work regarding public health emergency preparedness, contact Amy Holmes at 603-259-3700 x228 or visit our website.
  • Emergency volunteers – The North Country Regional Public Health Network coordinates efforts to recruit, train, and deploy a volunteer Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) during public health emergencies. The Northern NH MRC supports local emergency responders to provide emergency public health services throughout the region. MRC volunteers include medical, public health, and general professionals. For more information about the Northern NH MRC, contact Elaine Belanger or Amy Holmes or visit our website.
  • Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team (DBHRT) – The North Country Regional Public Health Network partners with Northern Human Services to integrate disaster behavioral health planning efforts with those of public health, public safety, and emergency medical entities to ensure coordination with local, regional, and state plans. Behavioral health is promoted as an essential component of emergency planning and response activities. The North Country Regional Public Health Network coordinates DBHRT activities for the North Country, Carroll County, Central NH, Upper Valley, and Winnipesaukee Public Health Regions.  For more information, contact Amy Holmes.
  • Flu clinics in schools – The North Country Regional Public Health Network partners with local schools to vaccinate students against seasonal influenza. This program prioritizes schools where children are less likely to be insured or have other barriers to being vaccinated. For more information about this initiative, contact Elaine Belanger.